My Summer Fling
Touted as a way to remove harmful toxins in the body and promote weight loss, detoxing is hotter than ever. Hollywood stars do it days before gracing the red carpet, Dr. Oz has his own formula, spa retreats offer them, and many diet books are based on detox beliefs. When toxins build up in the body, the body becomes toxic. A toxic body cannotdigest properly. Proper digestion is the key to permanent weight loss. It is the key to maintaining your ideal weight. If you have tried every diet on the market, like so many other people have, and nothing has worked, that is a good sign that it is time to detox.
Before investing in a detox ensure that it’s based on Whole Foods which fuels your body with fresh fruits and vegetables. You can detox in a healthy way, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD. “Extremes like colonics, starvation, and prolonged juice cleanses are not recommended. But if you view detox diets as a way of ‘clean eating,’ then it means eating natural, less-processed foods that are closer to the earth without artificial ingredients,” she says.
My list of the top natural detox foods includes: green leafy vegetables, lemons, dandelion tea, raw pumpkin seeds, cabbage, and fruits.
Blackberry & Strawberry Dreams Smoothie
- 1C coconut milk, rice milk or hemp milk
- 1C frozen blackberries
- 1/2C strawberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 tsp lime juice or lime essential oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tbsp. ground flaxseed and/or ground chia seed
- ice (optional)
Blend & Enjoy!